State Police arrested 43-year-old HARRY CLAUSON of Whitney Point for Endangering the Welfare of Child & 48 counts of making false child abuse reports to the State Child Abuse Hot line. The false reports occurred from September 2013 to February of this year, the false reports alleged violent acts against or in the presence of minor children, each report required immediate Police response and investigations. CLAUSON was arraigned in the Town of Chenango Town Court and remanded to the Broome County Jail on $1000 cash bail and/or $2000 property bond.


Governor Cuomo today signed legislation that adds New York to the list of states that have joined National Popular Vote compact. Member states will award their electoral votes for president to the candidate that receives a majority of the national popular vote.   The governor’s signature mean that New York pledges to award its 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in ALL 50 States plus the District of Columbia, but only to take effect once enough other states have passed identical legislation so that the compact possesses a majority of the Electoral College’s 538 votes. The bill has now been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes.


Matthews Ford of Norwich and the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich have announced a partnership to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang.  Marty Kuhn of the Northeast Classic Car museum explains:


(Marty Kuhn 4-16-14)


In addition with the free admission this Saturday to the Northeast Classic Car Museum, other events are scheduled, culminating with the 9th Annual Mustang Rally at Matthews Ford on June 21st.


State Police at Oneonta arrested 37-year-old Joe Burgher of Oneonta, for Felony Aggravated DWI, with a B.A.C. of 0.23%, following a motor vehicle accident on State Route 23 in the town of Laurens. Burgher was arraigned in town of Laurens Court and sent to the Otsego County Jail.


The Tax Foundation has raised its ranking of New York after the state adopted major reforms to its corporate income tax system and estate tax. New York’s overall business tax climate ranking improved two spots to 48th, beating out New Jersey and California. The Tax Foundation has raised its ranking of New York’s business tax climate because of tax reforms included in the newly adopted budget.  The foundation said New York is still not a low-tax state. But it said the recent changes are a first step toward tackling the problem by broadening bases, lowering rates, reducing burdens and eliminating complexity.


A drastic decline in the number of volunteer firefighters, and EMT workers, has state lawmakers pushing for legislation to entice people to volunteer.  The number of volunteer firefighters statewide has declined from 140,000 in the early 1990s to fewer than 90,000 now. The proposed volunteer incentive act would exempt motor vehicles, owned and used in the performance of duty by a volunteer, from registration fees and use taxes, among other perks. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York said the Recruit New York weekend will be April 26h and 27.  For more information go to recruitny.org.


The 6th Annual Bike to Work Day for Otsego County will be held on Wednesday, May 21st with check-­in sites at more than 20 locations countywide. The organizers of the event include Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, Otsego County Conservation Association & the League of American Bicyclists. Otsego County bicyclists are invited to join and log miles on nationalbikechallenge.org and should look for “Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates Bike Challenge” to sign up as part of the local effort. More information is available at 547-4020.


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